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IMPORTANT NOTICE - COVID-19 update - Learn about operation hours and closings
The Deacon’s Pantry Food Bank at St Jude’s is an Essential Service. We will remain open to those in need within our community as long as we are permitted, every Wednesday from 10:00 am – Noon.
ABOUT THE DEACON’S PANTRY FOOD BANK AT ST JUDE WEXFORD
Hours of Operation: Wednesday between 10am – 12pm.
ABOUT THE DEACON’S PANTRY FOOD BANK
The Deacon’s Pantry Food Bank was started over twenty-five years ago in response to the identified need for an emergency supply of food with in the immediate community of our parish. It was started by a group in the congregation as an outreach program. It was started as an outreach program by a small group in the congregation. It has continued and grown since then as families in need from the community have grown as the result of economic challenges.
DONATIONS AND FOOD SUPPLY
We are blessed to receive donations from many local faith groups, local community groups, agencies, businesses, and social service organizations. They include The Church of St Jude Wexford (Anglican), Toronto East Chinese Baptist Church, The Church of St Andrew (Anglican), Emmanuel Lutheran, The Church of St Mary Magdalene (Anglican), Toronto Chinese Methodist Church, and Wexford Heights United Church. Since September 2011, we have been supported by Second Harvest.
Food is purchased from local grocers by a dedicated group of volunteer shoppers. We also purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement our weekly delivery from Second Harvest. In the summer months we maintain a vegetable garden at the church rectory to add to the fresh produce. Local residents have also started to bring in vegetables from their gardens. It all helps as we serve our community.
DONATING TO THE DEACON’S PANTRY FOOD BANK
Tax receipts can be given for donations over ten dollars. Please make cheques payable to The Church of St Jude, Wexford. Please designate your gift to the Deacon’s Pantry Food Bank in the memo line of your cheque.
The Deacon’s Pantry Food Bank is run by volunteers.
Items in Constant Need
We also Gratefulley Accept Personal Care Items
HOW OFTEN CAN I COME?
We encourage people to come to the Food Bank once a month, unless you are in an emergency. If you are in need of information regarding other agencies and support we will do our best to help you get this information. Please ask at our registration desk.
WHAT TIME ARE WE OPEN – WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
We are open every Wednesday morning from 10:00am – Noon.
Come to the main doors of St Jude’s (closest to the corner of Howarth Ave and Inniswood Dr) to enter our Deacon’s Pantry Food Bank hospitality area.
When you are called to our registration table, you will need to provide identification for each person for whom you are requesting food.
If possible, please bring shopping bags and small empty containers for your oil and vinegar
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I AM THERE?
We offer two days of food covering the basic food groups. Sometimes there are some extras items donated we don’t usually carry. You will be given a sheet to mark the choices what you would like to receive. Our volunteers will do their best to fill your order. Please understand that we run out of items from time to time. Enjoy a tea or coffee while your order is being filled in our hospitality area. After your order is filled, you will be able to choose fresh vegetables and bread.